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[In which I review] New anime, Spring 2013

Jhiday

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Valvrave the Liberator (Kakumeiki Valvrave)
(13 episodes)

What's it about ?

Our third sci-fi mecha show of the season.

Characters

Haruto, our generic high school protagonist. Except this is the FUTURE! so his high school is on a gigantic space station near Earth. It's supposed to be neutral grounds, so of course it gets attacked by an agressive Earth faction right as the series starts.

Shouko, his not-quite-girlfriend. She's vastly more fun and charismatic than him, so of course she gets killed off halfway through the episode so as to provide him impetus to act. /facepalm

The villains have sent out a squad of five teenage soldiers to infiltrate the space station by posing as high school students. ("Wait, weren't there supposed to be only two transfer students ?" "SLICE!") Those guys are ruthlessly efficient, but still human enough to get temporarily sidetracked into arguments with the students they cross paths with. The full-blown mecha attack from the outside is actually a diversion so that they can locate and get theirs hands on...

The Valvrave, a secret high-tech mecha which is for some reason housed in the basement under the school (neutral, my ass !). It's the kind of mecha which includes "Do you want to resign as a human being ?" in the boot-up sequence. Of course it's Haruto who ends up in the cockpit instead of the infiltrators.

There's a dozen other students who get enough glimpses of screentime to indicate they'll be part of the regular supporting cast.

Production Values

Sunrise can produce decent mecha action in their sleep by now, so it's nice to see them not half-assing it. This is a very nice-looking show, with the colourfulness sharply contrasting with the bloody action.

What did I think of it ?

Damn it. Fridging your most prominent female character right from the onset ? Not cool, show. I rarely get angry at anime series, but this really isn't a good way to start off. (Yeah, I know it's ambiguous enough that Shouko may just have been blown clear of the explosion. But I fear that's just wishful thinking.)

Which is a shame, because this is otherwise a good opening episode, packing lots of plot inside 22 minutes. The infiltrator squad are a really fun bunch to follow, and the post-credits coda is very well-executed indeed.

It's a very promising show ; shame about the bad taste it left in my mouth...
 

testuo01

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The main character reminds me a lot of Guilty Crown's lead protagonist.

This is not a good thing. I'd say that Gargantia is a lot stronger as show.
 

Rainfall

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Majestic Prince is a lot stronger as a show. By virtue of the leads not sucking and having cool women existing as something more than fridge food.
 

bv728

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What did I think of it ?

Damn it. Fridging your most prominent female character right from the onset ? Not cool, show. I rarely get angry at anime series, but this really isn't a good way to start off. (Yeah, I know it's ambiguous enough that Shouko may just have been blown clear of the explosion. But I fear that's just wishful thinking.)
I actually don't think it's wishful thinking, but she'll only be back in episode 9-10 just in time to make him doubt himself all over again when she's in a peacenik group, or working for the enemy who nursed her back to health.
 

Rabbit

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That would make an interesting series premise. Four "transfer students" who are really teenage suicide assassins placed in a high school for some reason (maybe the President is scheduled to visit the school or they have a trip to a restricted zone. In any case these kids are the bad guys who have been ordered to keep a low profile and wait for their chance ... except... high school stuff happens and despite themselves they start using their bizarre skill set to fix highschool problems. Eventually the mission they have been trained for happens but it becomes clear that their classmates are going to be in the firing line, so our four ninjas effectively switch sides to save their class.

Could be fun
 

Rainfall

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That would make an interesting series premise. Four "transfer students" who are really teenage suicide assassins placed in a high school for some reason (maybe the President is scheduled to visit the school or they have a trip to a restricted zone. In any case these kids are the bad guys who have been ordered to keep a low profile and wait for their chance ... except... high school stuff happens and despite themselves they start using their bizarre skill set to fix highschool problems. Eventually the mission they have been trained for happens but it becomes clear that their classmates are going to be in the firing line, so our four ninjas effectively switch sides to save their class.

Could be fun
Wasn't there an anime with pretty much already? Full Metal Panic I think it was called. And it was a lot of fun!
 

Bremen

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That would make an interesting series premise. Four "transfer students" who are really teenage suicide assassins placed in a high school for some reason (maybe the President is scheduled to visit the school or they have a trip to a restricted zone. In any case these kids are the bad guys who have been ordered to keep a low profile and wait for their chance ... except... high school stuff happens and despite themselves they start using their bizarre skill set to fix highschool problems. Eventually the mission they have been trained for happens but it becomes clear that their classmates are going to be in the firing line, so our four ninjas effectively switch sides to save their class.

Could be fun
You should check out the manga Assassination Classroom :)
 

KainG

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Not sure what to think of Valvrave, except for WTF at the end. It felt a bit rushed, and what's with governments building top-secret labs underneath schools?? Well, I'm intrigued enough to tune in for the next episode.
 

ShanG

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My question is, if the school is on a gigantic space station near earth, why does it even have a basement?
 
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